For the Love of Photography

By Christina, age 17, Louisiana
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

There's a certain love for art that no one can deny. Aside from the fact that most is unique or unusual (in order to be art, in my opinion, it should be either one or the other), it nearly always has this beautiful touch that makes it complete. Photography is a type of art that expresses each of the said attributes, and at the same time, can do it by taking something out of the ordinary world and making it seem like it has originated from another.

If you want to look closely, any form of creativity can pretty much manipulate one thing into something different or take something nonexistent and push it into being. It's the one thing that attracts me to the field. It offers the most peculiar and fantastical works and some of the most brilliant minds. Of course, this does not exclude other areas such as literature or graphic design. Writing is indeed one of my top few.

I'm still rather new to photography. I've only been serious with it for a year or so, and it took me half of that to get a new and better equipped camera. I shoot with a Fujifilm FinePix S700 (10x optical zoom), and soon, I hope, something different, but by no means is this a bad piece of technology - it's rare that I am ever seen without it on me or nearby.

I plan to take photography seriously. However, I don't believe I am confident enough to give you much advice, and that's good because, well, this isn't an article to do so. I still need as much help as I can get and I am still learning. I don't think there is a photographer out there who cannot afford to discover something new. There are always a few tips and tricks, and always someone to listen and apply them.

The only thing I have to say is that one can always get better. Take everything you can and use it.

Each month for a while I want to introduce you to some photographers whose work I respect and admire. Permission was obtained for the use of each in Sweet Designs Magazine.


The Man Upstairs by girltripped on deviantART

Under Bronze Sky by gilad on deviantART

green eyes... by gnato on deviantART

BAD APPLE by REtouched on deviantART

Facing the End by Valatar on deviantART

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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